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Old Christmas Concert
January 6, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| $10
The St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle invites you to celebrate Old Christmas with them on Friday, January 6, at 7:30pm for a Faith & Arts Concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Old Christmas is when we hold our breath as the Twelve Days of Christmastide end and the Season of Epiphany begins. Old Christmas is when we listen for the voice of the natural world and the voice of the Spirit to speak to us.
So come. Listen. We will offer traditional, original, and contemporary songs of this special turning when the stars and the elements tremble with glee. You will hear it in the African American carol: “Hurry on my weary soul, I heard from Heaven today” and in Bruce Cockburn’s song: “You can’t tell me there is no mystery, it’s everywhere I turn.” You’ll hear it from Andrea Edith Moore, our special guest, her voice embodying “O Holy Night” with awe and majesty. And you’ll hear it from the circle’s resident poet Cindy Stevens whose words will be interspersed with our songs.
The Women’s Singing Circle was founded in 2009 and has, since then, meet monthly for a service of evening prayer and a time of singing traditional sacred music. According to Mary Rocap, a co-founder of the group, “we are about process – we sing to sing – releasing the songs and finding the harmonies from within ourselves.” Similar to the style of Sacred Harp, the focus lies with singing meaningful words and creating powerful music within community. They have collaborated in producing programs of spoken word and songs with writers and storytellers Lee Smith, Sheila Kay Adams, and AJ Mayhew.